For electronic enclosures that require the tightest access control— like those found in data centers—EMKA Inc. (www.emkausa.com) has added a cell-phone alarm feature to its electronic locking and monitoring (ELM) system. It can now send an alert by cell phone whenever the enclosure is opened or closed. It can also alert users to other conditions, such as internal temperature.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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